Around five hundred staff at the Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, are reported to have walked out yesterday, over rumours that the company plan to axe 460 jobs.
The workers left their positions in the press room - where panels are pressed into the required shape - at 11am on Tuesday. When their shift ended at 2pm, work is said to have resumed.
It is the second wildcat against Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port in two years. June 2006 saw another unofficial walkout, after management announced plans to cut 900 jobs. At the time, the union leaders of Amicus and TGWU condemned the workers' action, and urged restraint as they negotiated with the bosses. In the end, the jobs were lost, and the union pursued a 'buy British' campaign.